Alien: Isolation Releases on October 7

March 29, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


The upcoming survival horror game Alien: Isolation was featured today at EGX Rezzed in a special panel with The Creative Assembly, where it received an official release date. Alien: Isolation will come out on October 7, 2014 for the PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

The Creative Assembly also discussed how Isolation will draw on the aesthetics of the original Alien film, from the “lo-fi sci-fi” technology to the architecture. An incredible amount of research and work went into giving the game an authentic Alien appearance.

The Alien will have non-scripted behavior, which will adapt to the environment and the player’s actions. Players will have to react to its behavior, as well, to know if they’ve been noticed. Since the Alien can go anywhere in its search for the player, there are numerous routes throughout each area so players can hide and/or escape.

Check out the Twitch archives to see the full panel. This is looking like a great survival horror game, and we can’t wait to see how scary it will be. Let us know what you think, and if you were lucky enough to attend EGX, share your impressions of Alien: Isolation!

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Alien: Isolation is Survival Horror Based on 1979 Alien

January 7, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


In 1979, director Ridley Scott gave the world Alien, a science-fiction horror film that has been highly praised and has had a large impact on both science fiction and horror. It launched a franchise and inspired video games, but most of these subsequent installments and adaptations deviated from the original film’s atmospheric approach to horror.

Alien: Isolation, The Creative Assembly’s upcoming video game for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360, intends to achieve the same tone as the original Alien. It will be a first-person survival horror game starring Amanda Ripley, the daughter of the film’s protagonist Ellen Ripley. Set 15 years after the events of the movie, Isolation will include combat, but Gary Napper, the lead game designer, clarified that it is by no means a shooter:

At no point are we giving you these huge plasma rifles and M56 smart guns. It’s all about that survival horror scrounging, and one of our taglines, like a core pillar of the game has always been ‘improvise to survive,’ so the stuff you find in the environment is the stuff you want. I think despite there being other threats on the station, you’re always worried about what the Alien is doing and where the Alien is. So, a lot of the collecting and everything you do, you’re just like, ‘I’m gonna save this for the Alien!’

The game is set on a trading space station the size of a city, and players will be able to use things in the environment to distract the Alien or otherwise escape from it. Much like in the original movie, the Alien is not something you want to face head-to-head.

Isolation will not include a multiplayer mode, being focused on a personal survival horror experience. The early build is already playable, and they are working on polishing it up for a planned release in the second half of 2014. The survival horror genre has seen a lack of big-name releases in recent years, but Alien: Isolation looks like it could be just the thing to revive interest.

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